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Islamic State lost 87% of territory seized in 2014: US-led coalition

The announcement by the coalition, which has carried out thousands of air strikes against the jihadists

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Islamic State lost 87% of territory seized in 2014: US-led coalition

The (IS) group has lost 87% of the territory it controlled in 2014, when it proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling and Syria, the US-led coalition said today.

The announcement by the coalition, which has carried out thousands of air strikes against the jihadists and deployed advisers in both countries, came on the day of its third anniversary and as the Kurdish-Arab force, it supports captured IS's one-time bastion of Raqa.


"Our partners have removed ISIS from 87% of territory they once held and liberated over 6.5 million people," coalition spokesperson Ryan Dillon said on social media, using another acronym for

Attacking from bastions it consolidated in and especially in war-torn Syria, the organisation that eventually re-branded itself "Islamic State" swept through Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland in June 2014 and conquered roughly a third of the country.

In a separate statement, the coalition, formed after former US president sent warplanes to in a bid to stop the genocide of the Yazidi minority, said it had trained close to 120,000 forces in and more than 12,000 in

It estimated 3,000 to 7,000 fighters were still active in both countries.

"losing in every way. We've devastated their networks and eliminated leaders at all levels," Dillon said.

First Published: Tue, October 17 2017. 21:57 IST
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